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Government should move the Supreme Court for justice in border disputes with neighbouring States

Appeal Allot sites to parishat units in taluks to construct Kannada BhavansReserve jobs for Kannadigas in government serviceUse Kannada in all State and Union Government offices

VIRAJPET (KODAGU district): The Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Virajpet taluk unit, on Thursday, urged the State Government to impress upon the Centre to accord classical language status to Kannada, on the lines of Tamil.

Reading out resolutions adopted at a function organised here to observe the "Suvarna Karnataka year", president of the parishat unit, B.G. Raghunath Naik, said a similar resolution should be passed at the 72nd All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan scheduled to be held in Bidar from January 27.

Efforts

All the members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha hailing from the State, pro-Kannada organisations, Sahitya Parishat and academies should put in efforts to secure the classical language tag for Kannada, Mr. Naik said.

The parishat unit, Virajpet, and the Triveni School run by the Virajpet Kodava Samaja, had jointly organised the function.

Referring to the Kannada-speaking regions that are outside the State, Mr. Naik said the State Government should move the Supreme Court for justice in border disputes with the neighbouring States. He recalled the concern expressed by noted writer Kayyara Kinjanna (Kinhanna) Rai, who was fighting in his late age for the merger of Kasargod, now in Kerala, with Karnataka.

Laying stress on reserving jobs for Kannadigas in Government service, Mr. Naik said that the Sarojini Mahishi report on jobs to the Kannadigas must be implemented in toto.

No dispensation in the State had cared to implement the report since its publication 19 years ago, he said.

He said the parishat unit will welcome the decision of the State Government in superseding the Belgaum City Corporation regarding the demand of Belgaum Mayor, who had passed a resolution seeking to merge Belgaum with Maharashtra.

The Virajpet unit will also urge the people to use Kannada in all the State and Central Government offices in the district. He requested organisations, shops and commercial establishments to display boards in Kannada only. The State Government should also allot sites to the Parishat units in the taluks to construct Kannada Bhavans and also provide financial assistance to such projects.

The Mandepanda Accavva Ganapathi and Monnanda K.Chengappa endowment lectures on the topic "Affinity between Kodava and Kannada languages" was organised on the occasion.

Virajpet tahsildar Shakuntala, who inaugurated the programmes earlier, stressed the need to preserve the State's culture.

Decline in interest

General secretary of Kodagu District Kannada Sahitya Parishat, B.M.Shamsuddin, lamented the decline in interest to protect the cause of Kannada in border areas of the State, including Virajpet. He said more efforts were needed from the Parishat bodies and other pro-Kannada organisations to reverse the trend.

Former president of the Kodagu District Kannada Sahitya Prishat, M.S. Poovaiah, gave an account of the significance of the endowment lectures and the activities of the Parishat unit in the district.

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